Why do the Japanese suck at learning English?

| Jun 18, 2018

Why do the Japanese suck at learning English?

by Kaori Shoji

It's been said time and again: 日本人は英語がダメ (Nihonjin wa Eigo ga dame, The Japanese are terrible at English). In spite of the strong emphasis on 英語教育 (Eigo kyōiku, English education) instilled in a rigorous school system and the numerous 英会話学校 (Eikaiwa gakkō, English conversation schools) ...

What would you pay to live in Minato Ward?

| Apr 23, 2018

What would you pay to live in Minato Ward?

by Kaori Shoji

It was in 2001 when my friend, Chikako Sakamoto, paid ¥9.8 million for a six-tatami-mat apartment in Tokyo's central Minato Ward. The apartment was inside a 長期滞在者用 (chōki taizaisha-yō, long term resident's) wing of an old hotel in Roppongi, with a very low ceiling ...